"I'd never used online dating personally before Tinder. I realised there was an opportunity for Tinder to come in and be a useful product for people like that." Much as its name suggests, Tinder exists to act as a kindle for a potential 'spark'.
And now it's possible to mainline right into Ireland's burgeoning hook-up culture.
It goes a little something like this: users scroll through pictures of singles in their locality, endorsing them with either a thumbs-up or a hands-down 'no way'.
Save for a few pictures – taken from the person's Facebook account – there is little information given on potential suitors.
Post-millennial singles – overwhelmed with choice and the prospect of perfection around the corner – do.
Mateen maintains that Tinder's reliance on the visual isn't necessarily a hindrance to romance: "As humans, we're highly visual," he says.